A Tighter, More Focused Marvelous Liars Releases New Album

For straight-ahead rock music, Marvelous Liars singer-guitarist Nick Johns' songs are tightly wound, with starts and stops, precise hits and accents, riffs that compel you to stick the landings. And with the right players (drummer Shane O'Connell and bassist Nick Cancelmo), a strong work ethic...

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      Phantogram At College Street

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              OneRepublic At Xfinity Theatre

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